It is important that the AAs are independent of the transplant unit, the donor, person consenting on behalf of the donor and recipient. This independence allows the HTA to fulfil its role to help protect the interests of the donors by ensuring they or the person consenting on behalf of the donor have the opportunity to speak freely to someone not connected with the transplant unit, confirming that the donation is free from any pressure to act against their will.
AAs come from varied backgrounds and do not need to be medically qualified. Our current AAs include Consultants, nurses and retired healthcare staff.
A potential AA must possess the following skills:
- excellent oral and written communication skills;
- IT literate with an ability to grasp new systems;
- excellent interpersonal skills;
- confidence in interviewing patients and exploring and addressing health issues and health risks;
- familiar with requirements to maintain patient confidentiality;
- the ability to work confidently in a hospital environment;
- experience of report writing to a high standard; and
- familiar with equality and diversity legislation.
For enquiries about the AA role, the person specification, or further information on how to apply to become an AA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7269 1900.